Mélomanie means music mania! This beautiful French word also translates to ‘the love of music.’
Mélomanie presents ‘provocative pairings of early and contemporary works — baroque with the modern in innovative and varied programs combining the ensemble's instruments and guests. In performances of early music from the baroque era (16th-18th Centuries), ensemble members perform on period instruments. In performances of 20th and 21st Century works, the ensemble changes to modern instruments with harpsichord.
Mélomanie is: Kimberly Reighley baroque & modern flute, Tracy Richardson, harpsichord, Christof Richter, violins, Donna Fournier, viola da gamba, Douglas McNames, cello, as well as numerous guest composers, instrumentalists and singers.
In Mélomanie's early music programming, the ensemble has performed Baroque works of Bach, Telemann, d'Herveloix, Ana Bon, Rameau, Couperin, Clérambault, and Marais, among many others. Mélomanie has recorded works of Telemann for Lyrichord Discs.
Mélomanie enjoys working with contemporary composers. Since 2003, Mélomanie has premiered more than 12 new works by composers Ingrid Arauco, Jennifer Margaret Barker, Christopher Braddock, Peter Flint, Mark Hagerty, Chuck Holdeman, Mark Rimple, Sergio Roberto de Oliviera, Roberto Pace and Kile Smith. In addition, the ensemble performs works from the 20th and 21st century repertoire including works of Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, Debussy and others. The ensemble released its first CD of contemporary music, Florescence, in 2011 and are currently working on a second recording of additional contemporary works.
Members of Mélomanie are recipients of Individual Artist Fellowships from the Delaware Division of the Arts and other grants. They perform as principals, guests and soloists in regional orchestras, including the Delaware Symphony, and in early music and classical ensembles in the mid-Atlantic area.
Wilmington, DE 19803